Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Surprises

I hope everyone had a blessed and happy Christmas! I know I did! I didn't have to go into work on Christmas day, so I got to spend the WHOLE day with my family and with my siblings and their families. So much fun!

And of course the bestest presents I got this year were crafting related. My mother gave be a punch of Papertrey Ink stamps sets and dies and a ton of their FELT. (I just drooled a little bit on my keyboard). I have a Pumpkin Spice shipment coming to my house any day now (Merry Christmas from myself to me). And my sister bought me The Cinch V2. AHHHHH. I hope to be spending all of January in my craft room. Thank goodness my kiddos got enough toys that they will be busy all month too.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Season's Greetings "Beaded Matchbook" Mini Album

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.

This is my weekly Monday post for the Pumpkin Spice Blog.

I want to share with you a mini album I made for my grandparents. This album was inspired by the very talented Laura from "Following the Paper Trail". Click here to see her amazing picture how-to tutorial and video. The photos in the album are all the Christmas card pictures from my cousins. I know my grandparents will love this album filled with pictures of the grand and great-grand children.

Front and side covers.

Each page has a pull out tag to hold more pictures and journaling.

The Element Stickers are perfect to embellish the pull out tags. Not too thick.

The poni beads between the pages give lots of room for the thick chipboard embellishments.

There are sooo many embellishments that come with this paper line. It's amazing! After this album was done I had tons left over!

Last page. I used a tag from the journaling page to write a little note to my grandparents.

See how nice and thick the album turned out to be!

Echo Park "Seasons Greetings" 12x12 paper
 Echo Park - Season\'s Greetings - Poinsettias 12\"x12\" paper
$0.55 per sheet

Echo Park "Seasons Greetings"
 Echo Park - Season's Greetings - Alpha Sticker 12"x12" sheet
Alpha Sticker sheet for $2.09

 Echo Park - Season's Greetings - Element Stickers 12"x12" sheet
Element Sticker sheet for $2.09

 Echo Park - Season's Greetings Layered Chipboard
Layered Chipboard for $3.49

 Echo Park - Season's Greetings 6x12 Chipboard
6x12 Chipboard for $2.79

black ribbon
black cardstock
black poni beads

All this amazing Echo Park paper and embellishments can be found and purchased at the Shop Pumpkin Spice store, just click here to check it out. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Gift Tags

I made these gift tags to go on all of our Christmas packages. My son helped, and boy was he proud to see his tags on all the gifts he was giving his cousins.

 Mass production at its finest.

 Using my Gypsy and the hide feature, I was able to hide the small cuts in the center of the snowflake where I knew the circle would cover it. I also love using my Gypsy because I can get all the images really close together and save paper.

Aren't these PTI stamps adorable. And only $5 a set.

Papertrey Ink cardstock : Kraft, Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, and New Leaf
Papertrey Ink stamps: Tag-Its #8 and Tag-Its #9
Cricut cartridges : Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, and Winter Lace
1 3/4" paper punch
black Memento ink

I never knew making my tags could be so easy...and so addictive. I think I'm going to have to get some more tags ready for my stash.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Many blessings to all this holiday season.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winner of the Christmas Paper Pad

I am glad to announce the winner of this adorable paper pad.

 Saint Nick Paper Pad 6\"X6\" 36 Sheets
Fancy Pants "Saint Nick" 6x6 paper pad

Amy E said...

I love The Santa Clause, and hubby's favorite is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. That
one is finally starting to grow on me a little!
Congrats Amy E! Just email me your address and I'll have it in the mail for you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mini Christmas Treat Bags

Good Monday everyone. I hope you're all getting your last minute holiday shopping done. I got my last gift yesterday - now I can focus on the wrapping. Don't you just love this Christmasy time of year!

This is my weekly post for the Pumpkin Spice Blog. Today I'm featuring amazing Christmas product you can purchase right at the Shop Pumpkin Spice store.

I made these mini Christmas treat bags for my son's two preschool teachers. I used the purse cut on the Tags Bags Boxes and More Cricut cartridge. A few embellishments and they were ready to go. I filled the inside with tiny chocolate candies and a handmade beaded bracelet.

Coordinating chipboard pieces make a project go so fast. And the results are beautiful.
When I buy a paper pack I like, I make sure to buy the matching chipboard pieces.
I always find a use for them!

The back side of the treat bag. They are so cute when they jingle!

All addressed and ready to go.

Echo Park "Dots and Stripes" 12x12 sheet
 Echo Park - Dots & Stripes Christmas - Sleigh Ride Medium Dot 12
found here for $0.55

Echo Park "Season's Greetings" 6x6 paper pad
 Echo Park - Season\'s Greetings 6x6 Paper Pad
found here for $4.19

Echo Park "Season's Greetings" 6x12 chipboard
 Echo Park - Season\'s Greetings 6x12 Chipboard
found here for $2.79

Prima "Say it in Crystals" adhesive jewels
 Say It In Crystals Adhesive Jewels 551483
found here for $2.10

Twinery "Maraschino" twine
 Maraschino - Red & White Baker\'s Twine
found here for varying prices depending on length

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut cartridge
Martha Stewart "Pine Needles" edge punch
green ribbon
red buttons
silver bells

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Happy last minute crafting too.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Paper Pad Giveaway

I can't believe how fast December is going. It might be the first time ever that I am actually ahead of schedule. I have almost all my shopping and projects done. Whew! I'm bummed I can't post some of my creations, but I don't want to spoil any presents.

I'd love to give away this awesome Fancy Pants 6x6 paper pad to a follower. Just leave a comment about your favorite holiday movie. I really love "Santa Claus : The Movie" and "White Christmas". Oldies but goodies.

 Saint Nick Paper Pad 6\"X6\" 36 Sheets
Fancy Pants "Saint Nick" 6x6 paper pad

Can't wait to hear all your answers.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Simple Sleigh Christmas Card

Good Monday everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Except we have no snow. I guess all we need is a sprinkle for Christmas morning to make this girl happy.

Today is my weekly post for Pumpkin Spice Blog. With all the amazing Christmas papers and embellishment available at Shop Pumpkin Spice I can't stop making holiday creations.

Echo Park "Dots and Stripes" 6x6 paper pad
 Echo Park - Dots & Stripes Christmas - Collection Kit
Echo Park "Holly Jolly Christmas" brads
 My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly" Decorative Brads
Cricut cartridge Joys of the Seasons - sleigh cut
Papertrey Ink stamps
Distress Ink

I just love this paper pad. So versatile and simple. Especially if you need to make a masculine card.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Pumpkin Spice Blog Hop

December Blog Hop - Sunday

Good morning hoppers! If you've come here from June's blog, you are in the right spot, otherwise start over at The Pumpkin Spice Blog.

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away? I love this time of year. I love all the decorating, shopping, cookie making, family get-togethers, and of course the holiday crafting.

To kick off the season, the Design Team from Pumpkin Spice is showcasing all the holiday paper collections from Echo Park. Shop Pumpkin Spice carries all these amazing paper collections in kits (complete with paper and embellishments), in 6x6 paper pads, and in individual papers and embellishments. As always, the prices are AWESOME!

I used the Echo Park "Holly Jolly Christmas" Complete Collection Kit.
   Echo Park - Holly Jolly Christmas - Complete Set - PumpkinSpice
You can find this kit here for $27.64.
It comes with the following:
  • 15 - 12"x12" sheets of doublesided cardstock paper,
  • 1 12"x12" Element Stickers sheet
  • 1 - 12"x12" Alpha Stickers sheet
  • 1 - Set of Brads
  • 1 - Set of Layered Chipboard
  • 1 - Set of 6"x12" Chipboard die-cuts
  • 1 - Set of Clear Stamps

I created a 12-Days of Christmas countdown advent calendar. I used 4 pieces of cardstock and embellishments from everything included in this pack.

Using my Gypsy and Cricut, I created these scalloped squares with a lift-the-flap in the middle. I used the Alpha Stickers sheet for the numbers and the brads to hold the flaps down.

This collection in just so awesome, I can't wait to make more creations using this line. It has a very cute and whimsical style. And I just love all the bright colors.

I am so excited to announce this month's Featured Designer Kit by the oh-so-talented Ann. It's called "Time and Seasons". Here is a sneak peek picture of her amazing kit. She will tell you all about it at her stop. The kit is for sale right now at Shop Pumpkin Spice for $24.95. Just click here for a link to her kit.

Pumpkin Spice Store Blog-
Pumpkin Spice Store Blog-

Your next stop is the lovely Lenae. Hope you enjoy every one's beautiful creations.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Blush 2" Birthday Card

Happy Thursday everyone! It's time for my weekly post for the Pumpkin Spice Blog.

Last week I celebrated with my girlfriends for our birthdays. This is the card I made for the occasion. 

My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found Two" Blush 6x6 paper pad
 My Mind\'s Eye - \"Lost & Found Two\" - \"Blush\" 6x6 Paper Pad
Found here for $4.19
Prima "Say it in Crystals" rhinestones
 Say It In Crystals Adhesive Jewels 551353
Found here for $2.10
Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge
ribbon from my stash
chalk ink

I just love love love the time I get to spend with my friends. Whether it's having dinner, or a play date, or a movie, or even CRAFT TIME! So much fun!